Medium sized green sea turtle with FP tumors and fishing lines wrapped around the neck and front flippers.
I was able to cut away about 60% of the line before she decided she had enough of me and swam off.
Found on the beach....plenty also floating in the water. Found at the same place where I had sighted two turtles with extensive FP tumors on 4/14/2012.
The extra high and extra low tides brought on by the perigee full moon have brought large amounts of algae onto the beaches in several sites in Kihei. The Hypnea musciformis made up only a small portion of the various algae and limu on the beach.
Female green sea turtle with extensive FP tumors and algae growth on the shell and neck. Worst I have seen on a turtle at this site.
Female green sea turtle with tumor around the left eye. No tumor on the other side, no other tumors visible.
Female green sea turtle, approx 3ft nose to tail in length, with FP tumors on the front flipper and eyes.
This was floating in the water at the surface. The sample is about the size from the tip of my thumb to the first knuckle on my thumb (pretty small), hence the difficulty in getting a decent quality/properly focused shot with just a cell phone camera.
Second of two turtles with FP tumors at this location. Another female, slightly smaller in size than the first with smaller tumors around the eyes: a small one on the rearmost portion around the right eye, a larger one around the left eye, that was blocking vision to the left side and left rear of the animal. Unlike many turtles that I have seen with FP tumors, this one was having it's shell actively cleaned by several species of surgeon fishes.
Possibly the same turtle that I observed at the same location on 4/25/12 (obvs#70433).
A medium sized (about 3ft nose to tail) female green sea turtle with several small tumors on the face, neck and flipper. One of two turtles with FP tumors observed within 20 feet of one another.